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May 15, RIP Derek Boogaard

May 15, 2011 Leave a comment

As you all have heard by now, Derek Boogaard of the New York Rangers was found dead in his appartment this week at the age of 28. There’s nothing more sad than the death of a young athlete, and in tribute of Boogaard’s untimely demise, watch his final goal in the NHL. We sure could have used a shot like this in the series with Washington.


May 9, The Talented Mr. Datsyuk Comes Back For Seconds

Hey guys,

One of my favorite teams left in the playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings, won last night to force a game six in their series against the Sharks. After falling behind San Jose 3-0 in the series, we have yet another team trying to finish the dramatic run. Datsyuk gets all the thanks for the eventual game winner of this one.  To quote Michael Grabner’s Twitter account (Of the New York Islanders), “How dirty is pavel datsyuk?????,” and yes, he does mean dirty in a good way. Check it out.

May 7, The Ageless Nick Lidstrom Dazzles Again, Keeps Detroit Alive

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I haven’t had a whole lot of time to blog this week since it is the last week of my college life, and I hae been real busy with school work. Once the summer comes around I hope to post more regularly. As you can probably guess this is a pretty busy week for me.

The Detroit Red Wings have always been a team I have deeply respected for the tradition of being one of the original six teams, and their consistency each season. Last night, a member of Detroit’s old guard, Nick Lidstrom, continued to show us why age is just a number. Lidstrom scored what would turn out to be an important third goal on a bouncing puck that he batted into the net. Detroit is behind in the series three game to one, and they need to fight for their playoff life from now on. Check out the goal by this ageless wonder.

May 3, JVR Lives up to Expectations… and Then Some

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James Van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers is keeping his team in the series, and in the playoffs in general with little help from his supporting cast. JVR is tied for the NHL lead in playoff goals with teammate Danny Briere at seven. The 2010-11 season has been the first of Van Riemsdyk’s professional career, and he is already showing signs of why he was so highly touted all those years ago in the draft. Taken with the second pick overall in the 2007 NHL draft behind only fellow American Patrick Kane, JVR has made it clear that although Kane got they head start, he can hang with the best. Check out this insane goal he scored back when we was playing with UNH:

Last night Van Riemsdyk lit up the scoreboard for the Flyers scoring their only two goals of the game. His first came within 30 seconds of the start of the game. Take a look at the early goal:

I never have had the chance to meet Van Riemsdyk, but we are the same age, and from the same hometown. It’s great to see him out there doing such a fine job at the highest level. Keep it up James.

April 28, Lightning Advance

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Check out the highlights of last night’s game seven between the Lightning and Penguins. The Lightning will face the Capitals in the second round.

April 27, A Good Night for Vancouver

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Last night the Canucks played the seventh game of their series with the Blackhawks, and it turned out to be a classic.

Vancouver struck early in the first period on a goal by Alex Burrows from Ryan Kessler and Mason Raymond. After Burrows broke the ice the game went by without any goals until the final two minutes of the third period when Jonathan Toews put a shorthanded second chance opportunity behind Luongo. The play was all the work of Toews by carrying the puck into the zone and creating the opportunity. It really looked like Chicago was destined to pull off the comeback after winning three straight games to force the game seven, then forcing overtime late in the third.

The fans and players in Vancouver looked pretty miserable after that one.

Five minutes into overtime, Chris Campoli missed on a pass from Chicago’s zone, and when the puck came back to him just seconds later he tried to clear it. Burrows stepped in front and batted the puck down to his stick. With no one to beat but Corey Crawford, Burrows carried the puck to the front of the net, and ripped a slap shot from just outside the hash marks to beat Crawford over his right shoulder.

Once and for all the Canucks took care of business against the Blackhawks. They had been knocked out by Chicago the previous two seasons.

April 26, Stanley Cup Playoffs

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

As you may remember, I made my predictions for the Stanley Cup playoffs a few weeks ago, and the strength of my picks ride on two teams that are both alive, but both are trending in opposite directions.

Tampa Bay was my representative from the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals, and after falling behind 3-1 in the series, their chances seemed bleak. After winning game five 8-2, and game six 4-2, they are still alive. The fate of that series will be in the hands of a game seven in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

In the Western Conference, my Stanley Cup finals representative is the downward trending Vancouver Canucks. After jumping out to a 3-0 series lead, the Canucks surrendered the next three games, and they find themselves with their backs against the wall in a do or die game seven. The series will be settled tonight as the Canucks look to fend off one of the worst playoff collapses in NHL history. It should be a great game to watch.

With my two finalists in jeopardy, both facing do or die game sevens, take a look at what happened in each game six to make these seven game series’ possible.

Dan Smith’s Game Winner in OT of Game Six

Dominic Moore’s Amazing Pass to set up a Bergenheim goal